Sunday, February 19, 2012

Happiness

 “Happiness is the object and design of our existence."

Do you know who said this? Probably many of you do or you figured it out from the picture below. It was Joseph Smith. I have noticed that some people have used this part of the quote to rationalize the worldy view of selfishness and doing what makes you happy, even at the expense of others or of keeping commandments and covenants. Heavenly Father wants me to be happy and I am not happy unless I have my cigarette. I'm not paying tithing because I'm saving for a vacation. I am not happy spending 3 hours in church every week. Wearing beautiful clothes makes me feel good about myself and makes me happy, even if they are immodest.

Heavenly Father does want us happy, but they forget about the rest of the quote.

“Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God”
Joseph Smith, Jr., Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 255–56

How does he teach us that we can feel that true happiness? By following the guidelines he gives us to be able to feel the Holy Ghost while we are here, be able to use the atonement of Christ, and to be worthy to return with him. If we seek happiness any other way, it may feel good for a while, but it does not lead to true, lasting happiness. There will be a day when we will be able to see everything in its true light.

Our Heavenly Father wants us to feel real joy, not just in the next life, but now. Real joy can only come from doing what we know He wants us to do and from repenting often of our missteps. We must pursue the only path that leads to that happiness.

6 comments:

  1. Its funny how people will use something to justify their actions that goes against what they're saying. It is easier to try to justify your wrong actions than it is to change them...I guess that's why. I want to call this week. Hopefully we can make it happen. Love you.

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  2. Facts can be so inconvenient! Haha. I've actually never heard someone use that as an excuse... I've heard a billion others, just not that one before. It blows me away that people think like this. Most of the time, the lesson that I need most is that doing your best and failing doesn't mean you're a humungous elephant turd. That and how to say no. And that nobody else can do "everything" either. *sigh* Okay, I'm done PMSing on your blog. Now to find some chocolate... for breakfast. :)

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  3. I think most people in the world have not a clue what real happiness is. I think we all can forget at times.

    This world is a crazy place, but it is the simplest of things, the basics, the little things that bring true happiness.

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  4. Beautiful thoughts. You hit it spot on.

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  5. I think one of the best lessons for youth especially is that Happiness does not equal Fun. Keeping the commandments may not be especially Fun, but it does indeed lead to Happiness, at least, eventually.

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  6. AMEN! Excellent post, and I love that quote by JS! Too bad so many people trade in lasting happiness for addictions or temporary pleasures. Thanks so much for sharing!!!
    Corine :D

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